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Idea Web and mobile tools for gathering patient-reported outcome data

By GHDonline Team | 08 Dec, 2014

Idea submitted by: Chris Hayes

Patient Reported Outcome measures and instruments are a growing area of practice and research. Tools like the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire have patients provide their perspectives on their social, health and functional well-being. This tool predicts outcomes for, in this case, CHF.

I can imagine a web-enabled or mobile tool that allows patients to complete such a questionnaire. This would give providers a much broader perspective on their patients determinants of health.

Imagine a database that flags providers to the most at-risk patients from a well-being perspective and reaches out to them to help with "what matters" to them vs "what's the matter." This will help address root issues early and prevent functional decline.

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Thomas Tsai Advisor Replied at 10:54 AM, 17 Dec 2014

Hi Chris,

I think this is a great idea. Several different provider organizations have experimented with various versions of this idea. However, one common challenge is to get patients to actively engage and these surveys and evaluation tools are plagued by extremely low response rates.

What are your thoughts in incentivizing patients to engage?

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